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Week 1: 1989

Required Reading

  • Dietrich Orlow, A History of Modern Germany, pp. 308-320 (CE).
  • Charles Maier, ‘Chapter 1: Losing Faith’, Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany (Princeton UP, 1997), pp. 22-58 (CE).
  • Film: The Lives of Others (Available in Short Loan at the Library)



Suggested Reading:

  • Timothy Garton Ash, The File: A Personal History (Vintage Books, 1998).
  • Konrad Jarausch, ‘1968 and 1989: Caesuras, Comparisons, and Connections’, in 1968: The World Transformed: 461-78.
  • Hans Joas and Martin Kohli (eds.), Der Zusammenbruch der DDR. Soziologische Analysen (Suhrkamp, 1993)
  • Charles Schüddekopft (ed.), Wir sind das Volk. Flugschriften, Aufrufe und Texte einer deutschen Revolution (Reinbek, 1990)
  • John Torpey, Intellectuals, Socialism, and Dissent: The East German Opposition and Its Legacies (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1995).